Joshua D. Atkinson, Ph.D.


Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-3403
Address: 400 Kuhlin Center


Dr. Atkinson’s past research primarily focused on the role of alternative media in western activism. Specifically, his research illustrated the ways in which activists utilized alternative media to construct contexts for communicative resistance. Over the years, he has interviewed numerous activists and alternative media producers affiliated with a variety of different causes: anti-war, Tea Party, indigenous rights, and more.  Recently, Dr. Atkinson’s research interests have turned to the exploration of communicative practices utilized by people in efforts to reclaim lost spaces and places. His research has explored the use of interactive media in the construction of alternative cityscape, camouflaging practices that hide insensitive representations in museums, and the role of historical markers in the construction of overlapping cityscapes. 


Ph.D. Communication, University of Missouri-Columbia
M.A. Communication, Missouri State University
B.A. Sociology, Missouri State University

Courses Taught:

Social Movements
Political Communication
Discourses of Power
Rhetorical Criticism
Introduction to Media & Communication
Alternative Media & Social Movements

Vitae in PDF

Select Repersentative Works:

Atkinson, J. (2017). Transformations, fractures, and boundaries: The case of stadtpunkte in the Mannheimer cityscape. Explorations in Media Ecology, 16(2/3), 175-193.

Atkinson, J., Chappuis, S., Cruz, G., Gilkeson, S., Kaunert, C., Kluch, Y., & Martin, M. (2017). Feminist jedi and a politically correct empire: Popular culture and transformative bridges in alternative media content. Journal of Alternative & Community Media, 2, 60-71.